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landing craft

noun, Navy.
1.
any of various flat-bottomed vessels designed to move troops and equipment close to shore.
Origin
1935-1940
1935-40
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British Dictionary definitions for landing-craft

landing craft

noun
1.
(military) any small vessel designed for the landing of troops and equipment on beaches
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landing craft

small naval vessel used primarily to transport and tactically deploy soldiers, equipment, vehicles, and supplies from ship to shore for the conduct of offensive military operations. During World War II the British and Americans mass-produced landing craft, modifying them throughout the war to perform a wide variety of tasks.

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